Today, you should… march on over to ‘Army of Darkness’


Yes, it’s another Monday movie night with yet another classic horror-comedy classic at the Art Theatre.

“Army of Darkness,” is the third installment of the “Evil Dead” trilogy. Exactly how that trilogy is plotted or gets from Point A to Point Whatever is Point Less because this movie, all three movies, are just plain nuts. So nuts, in fact, that the thing that makes the most sense, more than the fact that the hero, Ash, ends up being teleported back to the days of King Arthur because, science, is that Ash has a running chainsaw for a right arm. That checks out.

This is the movie that made Bruce Campbell a cult star as he manages to swagger while also camping it up, uttering the unforgettable line “This is my BOOM stick!” No way of figuring of how much bigger a star Campbell might have become if a large percentage of the audience for this film weren’t baked, but that’s show biz.

Another great thing: “Army of Darkness” helps kick off four nights of horror film, double features at the Art. “Evil Dead” plays today at 6 p.m. and “Army” at 8:30 p.m. On Tuesday and Wednesday you get the original “Halloween” and the original “The Exorcist.” While on Halloween itself you get “Halloween” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Giving us a moment’s pause: I was a Catholic school kid when “The Exorcist” came out. The devil was as real to me as a ruler to the knuckles, so that sucker messed me up good, my sister too. She offered to pay me to watch her sleep because she was convinced the devil would possess her when she wasn’t looking. I knew that wasn’t the way it worked, still, I took the money.

The Art Theatre is located at 2025 E 4th St. For showtimes or tickets, click here.

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Steve Lowery began his journalism career at the Los Angeles Times, where he planned to spend his entire career. God, as usual, laughed at his plans and he has since written for the short-lived sports publication The National, the L.A. Daily News, the Press-Telegram, New Times LA, the District and the OC Weekly. He is the Arts & Culture Editor for the Post, overseeing the Hi-lo.